September 15, 2014

September ♡

In the garden, the flower beds are sliding quietly into September's soft, careless arms. There are patches of sedums, dahlias and asters bursting into life and colour but elsewhere the anemones, foxgloves, roses, cosmos and lavender are beginning to look a bit wayward and their twisting stems and last blooms are reaching for the early autumn sunshine. I rather love the last gasp of jewel-coloured flowers flashing amongst the slowly curling leaves of decaying annual seedheads, and extravagant displays of rich, velvety dahlia blooms blowzing about in defiance of the browning foliage of other plants that are dying back for the year. There is just something so gloriously optimistic and defiant about their colourful confidence in the face of cooling weather, lower light and the sliding of the seasons. The final hurrah!


Suddenly the remaining flowers, the annual scabious, the dahlias and anemone and cosmos light up the borders like juicy fireworks!


Plants are beginning to list and tilt under the weight of their flowers and seedheads and the tumble of old and new growth is hard to  tame, lending the whole garden a tumbling, happily chaotic feel which feels somehow right this time of year.


Stems weave and twist amongst eachother to find the light.






The softer, slanting autumn light makes the garden look softly hazy and those 'mists and mellow fruitfulness'  are, as my youngest would say, 'an acktshel thing'!









England in September. Beautiful.

13 comments:

  1. How beautiful your garden looks Belinda! A joy to look at! Love the way the light shines through the flowers and the leaves.

    Have a lovely week!

    Madelief

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  2. oh the scabious, I love them
    must plant some next year. my anemone came to nothing, it had two leaves........ next year maybe....

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  3. Looking very gorgeous, Belinda! This week the light has been so pretty, hasn't it? Love those dahlias...and anemones...and hollyhocks... Thanks for sharing your garden x

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    1. The light has been amaaazing! Lovely to see you for brunch today misses!! x

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  4. That is all acktshelly really scrumptious! Thank you. A

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  5. An 'ah ha' moment for me. The anemones and scabious bloomed here in May, and hollyhocks in July ... all that are left are dahlias and zinnias ... no wonder it doesn't look 'English'.

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    1. Oh, Webb, that is so interesting, the timings are really different, must be all that heat you get earlier in the season I guess. x

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  6. I love your photos, they really capture the jewel-like feeling of Autumn with its hazy sunlight. I just wish my garden looked as beautiful as yours! Jane xx

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    1. Thank you, but there is also some careful cropping going on! My cutting patch looks very 'patchy' this time of year with so many of the annuals gone. x

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  7. All I can say is--WOW! Beautiful!! Like Monet's gardens.

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  8. What a stunning late summer garden you have! Lovely photos - really lifted my spirits.

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